CORONAVIRUS How Disease X, the epidemic-in-waiting, erupted in China

The following article was given to me by the editor of the South China Morning Post. By Simone McCarthy, Linda Lew, William Zheng, Echo Xie and Phoebe Zhang They called it “Disease X”. The epidemic-in-waiting.The World Health Organisation added it to a list of eight of humanity’s worst-known infectious diseases back in 2018. Didn’t have a name because it hadn’t happened. One aim of the list is to show the 194 countries that fund the United Nations body the threat from global public health emergencies, namely epidemics. Ebola is there,…

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The Real Problem with Paula Deen

Why was Paula Deen allowed to be the authority on Southern cooking for over a decade?by Lauren Michele Jackson  Nov 7, 2019, 11:29am ESTIllustration by Natalie Nelson Share this story Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) SHAREAll sharing options “This is a book about black aesthetics without black people,” Lauren Michele Jackson writes in the introduction to White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… And Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation, out November 12. As Jackson illustrates in nine essays, the phenomenon touches all facets of American popular…

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How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster

Photography and videography by CAROLYN COLE. Graphics and design by LORENA IÑIGUEZ ELEBEE and SEAN GREENE NOV. 10, 2019 | REPORTING FROM MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS Five thousand miles west of Los Angeles and 500 miles north of the equator, on a far-flung spit of white coral sand in the central Pacific, a massive, aging and weathered concrete dome bobs up and down with the tide. Here in the Marshall Islands, Runit Dome holds more than 3.1 million cubic feet — or 35 Olympic-sized swimming pools — of U.S.-produced radioactive soil and debris, including lethal amounts…

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